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Long Beach Food Scene Intel: Beach Hut Deli to open in DTLB; White Wasabi closes; more

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The interiors of Beach Hut Delis—like this location in Sacramento—are often kitschy and theme-y. Courtesy of Beach Hut Deli.

NorCal-based sandwich chain Beach Hut Deli to open first Long Beach shop

Since opening near Folsom Lake in 1981, Beach Hut Deli has expanded to over 40 locations across California (and now Arizona and Nevada)—and it will open its first Long Beach location at the 180 E. Ocean building, currently home to Ruth’s Chris. Think higher-quality Subway, along the lines of Jimmy John’s and Jersey Mike’s (both of which have existing locations in DTLB).

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Courtesy of Yelp!/Rob A.

White Wasabi permanently shutters

Alamitos Bay sushi joint White Wasabi has permanently shuttered after serving the Eastside community for a decade this year. It marks another closure in a complex that is unquestionably heading toward total desertion—and that makes sense: After Whole Foods left to make a new home a few hundred feet away at the 2nd & PCH, the center has been now designated for a 600-unit, double-structure residential development following approval from the Planning Commission earlier this month.

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The former exterior of what is soon to become The Fish Shack. Courtesy of Yelp!/.

Owners of Louisiana Seafood prep for The Fish Shack re-brand; set to re-open Aug. 1

After a remodel that has taken nearly two years, Louisiana Seafood is set to re-brand as The Fish Shack. Owned by the same family since opening, the space has been serving up fried seafood delights for over 20 years—but the re-brand was essential: After a dip in quality and an aging structure, the need for a fresh re-boot was essential. Expect relatively the same menu, including red snapper and catfish.

ICYMI: Burger Daddy is bring back its katsu burgers to DTLB

Burger Daddy—the much-loved joint that was Long Beach’s sole space dedicated to katsu burgers—is reopening in the same building it was birthed, just one door down (in the space above Blind Donkey and next to Water’s Edge, which overtook the original Burger Daddy space at the Broadlind building).

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.

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